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dc.contributor.authorHaqq-Misra, Jacob
dc.contributor.authorSom, Sanjoy
dc.contributor.authorMullan, Brendan
dc.contributor.authorLoureiro, Rafael
dc.contributor.authorSchwieterman, Edward
dc.contributor.authorSeyler, Lauren
dc.contributor.authorMogosanu, Haritina
dc.contributor.authorFrank, Adam
dc.contributor.authorWolf, Eric
dc.contributor.authorForgan, Duncan
dc.contributor.authorCockell, Charles
dc.contributor.authorSullivan, Woodruff
dc.identifier.citationHaqq-Misra , J , Som , S , Mullan , B , Loureiro , R , Schwieterman , E , Seyler , L , Mogosanu , H , Frank , A , Wolf , E , Forgan , D , Cockell , C & Sullivan , W 2018 ' The astrobiology of the anthropocene ' .en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 252130675
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 6b9dfd82-36c3-4ad5-8049-9f87d0ce014e
dc.identifier.otherBibCode: 2018arXiv180100052H
dc.descriptionA white paper on "Astrobiology Science Strategy" submitted to the National Academy of Sciences.en
dc.description.abstractHuman influence on the biosphere has been evident at least since the development of widespread agriculture, and some stratigraphers have suggested that the activities of modern civilization indicate a geological epoch transition. The study of the anthropocene as a geological epoch, and its implication for the future of energy-intensive civilizations, is an emerging transdisciplinary field in which astrobiology can play a leading role. Habitability research of Earth, Mars, and exoplanets examines extreme cases relevant for understanding climate change as a planetary process. Energy-intensive civilizations will also face thermodynamic limits to growth, which provides an important constraint for estimating the longevity of human civilization and guiding the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. We recommend that missions concepts such as LUVOIR, HabEx, and OST be pursued in order to make significant progress toward understanding the future evolution of life on our planet and the possible evolution of technological, energy-intensive life elsewhere in the universe.
dc.rightsCopyright 2017 the Authors.en
dc.subjectAstrophysics - Earth and planetary astrophysicsen
dc.subjectAstrophysics - instrumentation and methods for Astrophysicsen
dc.subjectPhysics - popular physicsen
dc.subjectPhysics - physics and societyen
dc.subjectGE Environmental Sciencesen
dc.subjectQB Astronomyen
dc.subjectQC Physicsen
dc.titleThe astrobiology of the anthropoceneen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Physics and Astronomyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Scienceen

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